Officials investigate suspicious Daytona Beach fires

Nearly 2 dozen fires intentionally set in Orlando, Sanford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Fire officials continue to investigate suspicious fires at three Daytona Beach homes.

The first fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday on the porch of a home on Lenox Avenue near State Road A1A.  Firefighters said that residents who lived in the home moved out earlier this week.  The house sustained about $50,000 in damage.

About four hours later, a fire was discovered a couple blocks away on Phoenix Avenue.  The homeowner was out of town, and no one was injured in the blaze, which caused an estimated $20,000 in damage, officials said.

Later Wednesday morning as officials were investigating the Lenox Avenue blaze, evidence of another fire was found at a home across the street.  Officials said burned palm fronds were found near the house, which was not significantly damaged.  Two people who live in the house were not home at the time of the fire.

Meanwhile, authorities are investigating nearly two dozen arson fires in the Sanford and Orlando areas

"We are not linking our fires during the overnight hours to the suspected serial arsonist in Orange and Seminole counties," the Daytona Beach Fire Department said.  "It is too early in the investigation to determine whether or not the fires are linked and we will not make an a determination that they are until we have concrete information."

Daytona Beach fire officials said the fires were termed suspicious based on the time of day, location of the fire and other discoveries at the scenes.

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